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  • Making the most of your content Guidelines, Tools, Advice Chewy Trewhella Developer Advocate
  • Agenda
      • Understanding Search
      • How Search Works
      • Webmaster Guidelines
      • Hot Topics
      • Site Owner Resources
  • Understanding search Google and Search Results
  • Overview
    • Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.
  • Online trends Every day 100 million videos are served online Source: Comscore Around 60 billion email messages are sent daily Source: Deutsche Telekom Every month hundreds of millions of people search on Google Source: Comscore 10-25% of the web is new every time Google indexes it! Source: Google
  • How Search Works Fundamentals of Crawling, Indexing, and Ranking
  • Life of a Query Before the Search… www Build index Crawl web Calculate PageRank
  • Crawling the Web
    • We’re downloading a copy of the web
    • How we’ve become more intelligent about it:
      • Understanding non-HTML content
      • Working with partners to get “deep web” content
      • Letting webmasters control crawl speed
    • We crawl continuously, scheduling visits to each page intelligently to maximize freshness
    www
  • Calculating PageRank™
    • PageRank (PR) is a measure of the “importance” of a page based incoming links from other pages. It is one factor we use to rank results.
    • Each link from A to B adds some amount PR to B based on the PR and outbound links of A
    • PR is calculated for billions of pages and recorded for use in ranking
    Both links count… But Link #1 counts more. Bbc.co.uk (PR = 9) my blog Link #1 Link #2 your site
  • Building the Index
    • This is like the index of a book; a mapping of words to the pages on which they appear. The Web is our book.
    • We keep a posting list of all the words we see and for each word on each page, record to the list where it occurs.
    • We then break up the index into shards and distribute them to many computers
    • When a user enters a query such as “Frans Bauer” each computer searches a small piece of the index for matching pages
  • Life of a Query During the Search… www Scan index Submit query Route Fan out Select documents Rank results Present results www
  • Ranking: How we do it
    • We order pages based on relevance and importance
      • 200+ quality signals, many ranking change proposals every month
    • Importance (query-independent)
      • The popularity and authoritativeness of a page, calculated when index was built. On Google, this factor is known as PageRank
    • Relevance (to query)
      • How well the content of a specific page (not site) matches the user’s search query, taking into account signals like # times the word appears, where it appears, anchor text of linking pages, etc.
    Ranking’s goal is to list the most useful documents from the selected set in order.
  • Goals of ranking
    • We create general methods to improve our ranking that are scalable, impartial and provide benefit to users
    • Hard problem: 25% of queries have not been seen in 3 months
      • Hard problem 2: 10-25% of the web is new each time we crawl it
    • Considerations
      • the query (intent, query variations, language)
      • the user (web history, location, task)
      • the content (page rank, reputation, quality, language)
      • the web (changing content, current events)
  • Webmaster Guidelines And Basic Site Preparation
  • Basic site preparation
    • Discoverable
        • Can your site’s pages be found by Google?
    • Indexable
        • Can your site’s URLs be indexed?
        • Are they unique?
    • Content
        • Is the content useful? Will user searches match?
        • Is the structure and content of the page clear to Google?
    • Rank
        • How well do your site’s pages rank?
  • Webmaster Guidelines
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Site Structure
      • Parameters  It helps to keep the parameters short and the number of them few.
      • Good: http://www.google.com/search?q=amsterdam
      • Bad : http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=amsterdam&ie=UTF8&z=11&iwloc=addr
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Site Structure
      • Directory structure  Make a site with a clear hierarchy and text links.
      • Good :
      • Bad :
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Site Structure
      • Link structure : Every page should be reachable from at least one static text link.
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Site Structure
      • Redirects: Google recommends that you use fewer than five redirects for each request.
    / /index.asp /index.asp?jsessionid=weiru4895u89ur8932
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Title and Snippets
      • User Queries: Think about how users actually search – not just what the brand manager says.
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Title and Snippets
      • Title: Make sure that your TITLE tags are descriptive and accurate.
      • Heading : does this follow the title, and continue the theme?
      • Keywords: are they relevant terms?
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Title and Snippets
      • Snippets : Different sources are used, including META tag for each page. Make sure they are descriptive of that page.
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Body Text
      • Check your site: Use a text browser such as Lynx to examine your site, because most search engine spiders see your site much as Lynx would.
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Body Text
      • Flash, JavaScript, etc: If fancy features keep you from seeing all of your site in a text browser, then search engine spiders may have trouble crawling your site.
      • Like YouTube, use HTML for the majority of each page, and use Flash or Javascript sparingly to provide rich content.
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Body Text
      • Images: Make sure that your ALT attributes are descriptive and accurate.
      • GoogleBot can’t read images, so help it to understand them.
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Test and Measure EVERYTHING
      • Analytics
      • Website Optimiser
  • Webmaster Guidelines: Test and Measure EVERYTHING Track all sources of traffic – not just Google Adwords All search engines (both paid and natural) are supported As well as referring sites, directories, etc.
  • Hot Topics Geo-Localization, Universal, Flash, Robots, Duplicates, Paid Links
  • Different Results for Different Locations
  • Different Results for Different Locations
  • Universal Search
      • News/News Archive results  Submit your site for inclusion in Google News/News Archive
      • Image results  Opt-in to the enhanced image search
      • Local results  Upload your locations to Local Business Center
      • Video results  Host your video content on YouTube or submit your feed in Webmaster Tools.
      • Blog results  Add your blog’s web feed to Google Blog Search
  • Searching Flash content
    • Flash can be great for high quality user experiences
    • Most search engines don’t index Flash movies
    • Google has a “first generation” Flash indexing solution
    • We’re improving Flash indexing
    • Many online video sites use Flash for rich content, but HTML for descriptive information.
  • Flash indexing today - best practices
    • Advantages :
      • A rich user experience
      • Flash sites can be highly interactive and “magical”
    • Disadvantages :
      • Search engines struggle to read it
      • Many users can’t access it: screen readers, mobile devices, Linux
    • Best practices :
      • Use Flash for content, use HTML for navigation
  • Flash best practice recommendations
    • Use HTML for navigation , Flash for page content
      • Allows us to see all the pages of your site
    • Use the description meta tag
      • Gives us text to index if we can’t access your content
    • Use text tracks within Flash
      • Google can extract text tracks, but not text burnt into images
    • Create an HTML version of your site for non-Flash users:
      • Google can navigate and index this
      • Great for users with page readers etc.
      • Avoid cloaking: don’t show different versions based on user-agent
  • Flash best practice recommendations
  • Flash best practice recommendations
  • Robots exclusion protocol (aka robots.txt)
    • Robots Exclusion Protocol
      • Tells search engines what not to index
    • Created in June 1994. Now de-facto standard
      • Ongoing work to improve
  • Simple examples
    • Robots.txt (top-level directory, text file):
    • user-agent: googlebot
    • disallow: /logs/
    • allow: /logs/introduction.html
    • META tags (HEAD section of HTML):
    • <meta name=“googlebot” content=“noindex”>
  • Policy and per-page
    • Use robots.txt for:
      • general rules about directories to exclude
    • Use META tags for:
      • Per-page control
      • Control when you don’t have access to robots.txt
  • Sophisticated control
    • Exclude files by type:
    • disallow: *.ppt$
    • Control snippets and cache display:
    • <meta name=“googlebot” content=“nosnippet, noarchive”>
      • Useful for temporary content
      • Use with care
  • Duplicate Content
    • Negative effects
      • Dilution of link popularity
      • Long urls - bad branding and user experience
    • Google’s solution
      • Group urls into clusters
      • Select the best url and consolidate url properties to it
  • Paid Links Passing PageRank
    • It is a violation of webmaster guidelines
      • Skews organic search results for users
      • All major search engines oppose it
      • Will impact the site’s reputation with Google
      • If you feel your were impacted, fix the violation and submit reconsideration request
    • It is not a violation when
      • Buying or selling links for traffic or branding without passing PageRank
  • Site Owner Resources Webmaster Central, Webmaster Tools, Sitemaps
  • Our goal is high-quality, objective search results
    • Our goal is to have the most relevant, useful search results on the web.
    • We strive to provide scalable, equitable support for all webmasters and all sites, large and small.
    • By some estimates, there are 100 million sites on the web, so we need something really scalable.
  • Life of a Query Before the Search… www Build index Crawl web Calculate PageRank
  • Webmaster Central http://www.google.com/webmasters
  • Questions Webmaster Central Can Answer
    • How can I improve my site's visibility in the web index?
    • How can I tell Google my desired geographies?
    • Where is my Google traffic coming from?
    • How do I ensure all my pages are indexed?
    • How can I change the snippet (or sitelink) under my site?
    • What’s the best way to redirect traffic?
  • Google Webmaster Tools A free and easy way to improve your site’s visibility in Google search results Available in 22 languages
  • “Dashboard” provides an overview of your account
    • See the status of the websites and sitemaps in your account
    Your website Sitemap status Verified status
  • “Site Verification” gives you detailed reports
    • Site verification ensures that only the true site owner gets access to detailed site statistics
    • You can get site statistics before you submit a Sitemap
    Verification options Verification status
  • Diagnostic reports help you troubleshoot crawl errors
    • Overview shows a quick snapshot of crawl and indexing status of your site
    • Alerts webmasters about some violations to the webmaster guidelines
    Message center alerts Index summary
  • Crawl errors show you which pages were problematic
    • See error types for specific URLs to quickly identify and easily fix issues
    Page Type: web, mobile Crawl error summary Error detail Date stamp URLs with errors
  • Mobile crawl errors show you which mobile pages had problems
    • See error types for specific mobile URLs to quickly identify and easily fix issues
    Mobile CHTML crawl errors Mobile WML/ XHTML crawl errors
  • “ Top Search Queries” show queries that drive traffic to your site
    • See your top 20 search query and search query clicks statistics
    • Top position shows you where your pages were listed per search query
    • Timeline shows query stats in the past
    • Easily export a report with CSV download feature
    Search queries = impressions in search results Position per query in search results Query Clicks = Traffic More stats % out of the top 20 queries Timeline = Historical views
  • Mobile web statistics show traffic from mobile devices
    • See top searches from mobile devices and top searches on mobile web.
    Searches from mobile phones, PDAs, etc. Select geographic specific domains
  • “ What the Googlebot Sees”
    • See common phrases & keywords on your site and in links to your site
    Words on your site Links to your site Page type Encoding
  • “Crawl Stats” show your page distribution in Google
    • See distribution of crawled pages
    PageRank distribution URL with highest PageRank
  • “Index Stats” shows how your pages are indexed
    • Learn more on how your pages are included in the Google index with advanced search operators
    Type of advanced search operator
  • Links show which pages are linked outside your domain and how often
    • See the pages with the most links pointing from your own site & outside sites
    • Easily download full site data with CSV download feature
    # of links from outside websites URLs in your site URLs in your site # of links from within your site
  •  
  • Sitelinks shows generated sitelinks and blocking controls
    • Sitelinks are automatically generated listed under search results to help with site navigation
    • View generated links, block links you do not want visible in search results, and provide feedback on inaccurate sitelinks
    Current blocked sitelinks Automatically generated sitelinks Provide feedback on sitelinks
  • Re-inclusion request, spam report, paid links report forms
    • Lets webmasters tell us when they fixed quality violations to help get back in the index faster
    • Requests from Google webmaster tools are more “trusted” because they are from a registered user
    • Spam & paid links report to help webmasters be good citizens to report spam results and websites selling/buying links
  • Robots.txt analysis helps to improve your coverage
    • Confirm your robots.txt URL, status, “last downloaded”, and homepage access
    • Test against different Googlebots including search, content, mobile, and image
    Date stamp and status Test against different Google crawlers
  • Set crawl rate
    • View 90 day Googlebot activity and load on your servers
    • Adjust crawl rate
    Choose crawl rate Kilobytes/day downloaded by Googlebot Average page download time # pages crawled - includes URLs that point to same page
  • “ Geographic target” allows you to associate a site with geographic region
    • Submit geographic data for an entire site or site subdirectory
    Specify full or partial geographic information
  • “ Preferred domain” lets you tell us how you want URLs to be displayed
    • You can choose www or non-www, or opt not to set an association
  • “ Enable enhanced image search” to enhance search visibility of images on your site
    • You can choose to let Google gather additional metadata about your images using Image Labeler
    • More metadata = relevant image search results
  • “ Remove URLs” allows you to remove a URL, subdirectory, or site from the Google index
    • Request a removal in 3 steps:
    Step 1: Make a New Removal Request Step 2: Select Removal type (site, sub directory, URL) Step 3: Submit URL path
  • Sitemaps: make sure we know about your site
    • The problem: islands of links
      • Pages that aren’t linked from outside your site
      • Search engines can’t find these
    • The problem: crawling large sites
      • Crawl of very large sites is limited
      • If we know when pages have changed, we can optimize crawling
    • The solution: Sitemaps
      • The open standard for providing a list of all your pages
      • Supported by Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Ask
  • Keep Google informed of all your pages 1 2 Increase coverage of your pages in the Google index WWW Web crawl Sitemaps enhances the web crawl Google.com Help improve the visibility of your pages on Google Sitemaps: how they work Your Site
  • Submitting your Sitemap improves the visibility of your URLs
  • Submitting your Sitemap improves the visibility of your URLs Status of your sitemap Your sitemap
    • Tell Google about every page on your site
  • Additional types of Sitemaps: Mobile Sitemap
    • Webmasters can submit Sitemaps of URLs that serve mobile content into Google’s mobile index
    • Mobile content is specifically designed to fit the small screens of mobile phones and devices
    • Supported markup languages include
    • XHTML, WML , and cHTML
    Mobile Web results: 'bbc' Results 1 - 10 of about 113,000. 1 BBC - WAP - BBC News BBC Sport Ashes 2005 Highlights Entertainment www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/ 2 bbc.co.uk/mobile - BBC News BBC Sport Films news.bbc.co.uk/mobile/
  • Add a Sitemap in 3 steps Step 1: Create a Sitemap with the Sitemap Generator Step 2: Upload the Sitemap file to your website Step 3: Add the Sitemap URL to your account For accounts with multiple websites: You can include URLs from verified websites in a single Sitemap
  • What have we learnt?
    • Build content for users, not search engines
    • Test and measure everything
    • Sign up for webmaster tools and control how we crawl you site
    • Describe all the content on your site effectively
    • Submit a sitemap
    • Visit http://google.com/webmasters/
    • Help us to crawl you comprehensively, so your content can be found
  • Q & A
  • Useful resources
    • Webmaster Central:
    • http://www.google.com/webmasters/
    • Sitemaps:
    • http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=40318
    • http://www.sitemaps.org
    • Webmaster guidelines:
    • http://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html